Trump Rally in Indianapolis


Thousands of Donald Trump supporters, along with a large group of protesters, filled the state fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon for a last-minute campaign rally for the presidential hopeful.

Trump announced his trip to Indianapolis after his primary win in New York and preceding his trip to Ocean City, Maryland later Wednesday evening.

Photo by Tyler Fenwick

Photo by Tyler Fenwick

During his hour-long speech, he focused on foreign policy, terrorism, and outsourcing jobs outside of the country.

"Jobs are being ripped out of our states like candy from a baby," Trump said, talking about the recent announcement from Carrier Corp. about moving its production plant to Mexico. He promised to impose a tax on the company and to "protect the state of Indiana."

In response to terrorism, foreign policy, and immigration, he said, "Our country is going to hell." He promised to get rid of ISIS and to build a wall at the Mexican-American border, which caused the crowd to erupt in "Build that wall!" chants.

He also took shots at the media, pointing at the cameras and reporters while saying, "They're not stupid people, but they're dishonest people," at which the crowd immediately responded with boos directed at the media platform in the middle of the room.

Trump speaks, photo by Tyler Fenwick

Trump speaks, photo by Tyler Fenwick

Despite other violent Trump rallies around the country, this one was relatively mild. Aside from a few minor altercations, there were almost no physical clashes between supporters and protesters. Trump even expressed some mild displeasure in the protesters, saying there was a "disappointing" number of them.

But that is not to say there weren't any inside.

In addition to the protesters outside, there were plenty inside the rally who were escorted out throughout his speech. He stopped numerous times to tell security to "get 'em out" of the building.

Before the start of the rally, local women’s rights activists Cheryl Laux and Annette Gross were protesting outside the building and holding signs that read, "Mike Pence is Indiana's Donald Trump." The two women arranged the Women's Rights rally at the statehouse on April 9 in response to Pence's HEA 1337 abortion law.

"We are fed up with Mike Pence and his non-inclusive agenda, and Donald Trump shares that non-inclusiveness in his agenda for America," Laux said.

"We don't believe that people should be deported or that a woman should go to jail for having an abortion. We are quite frankly tired of it," Gross said.

According to the Indianapolis Star, there were nearly 400 protesters gathered outside the entrance at the end of the rally. They had posters with phrases ranging from "Black Lives Matter" to "Without immigrants Trump would have no wives."

Many young voters attended the rally as well, both in support and protest of Trump. Ivy Tech student Riley Fettig came from Bloomington to offer his support for the presidential hopeful.

"I've been a long time supporter of Donald Trump for years, even before politics,"  Fettig said. He hoped Trump will focus on the economy and "do what he says he's going to do" if he wins the election.

Photo by Tyler Fenwick

Photo by Tyler Fenwick

Other attendees went to the rally purely for the historical significance. Jake Koeneman said he neither supports nor opposes Trump, but he wanted to be part of this significant moment.

"It's a historical election, and it's coming to our hometown. I want to see what Trump is all about in person," Koeneman said.

Indiana's primary is May 3, and the state's winner is awarded 30 delegates. Three delegates are awarded to the winner of each congressional district. If Trump wins the state's primary, he could potentially gain enough delegates to win the Republican nomination.

Recent Indiana polls show that Trump and Cruz are nearly tied. If Trump does not win, he would have to win a state that is likely to vote for Cruz or win most of the delegates in California.